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I’ve been seeing the crocheted mask mate bands for use with face masks on Facebook a lot. So of course I had to design my own pattern for them, especially after having two nurse friends of mine try them out. They’ve said the ear savers really do make a big difference in comfort since they have to wear a mask so much right now. My neighbor nurse works six 14-hour days in a row, so having the mask elastic on the backs of her ears for that long makes for unnecessary soreness.
My first published mask mate free crochet pattern is the ruffled band. I took the functional simplicity of a band-style and added a ruffled flair because nothing says you can’t be stylish while also being practical. Please keep in mind that wearers are going to want to wash these quite frequently, so choose a yarn that will wash easily and maintain its shape and quality after multiple washes. Cotton or cotton blend yarns are always a great choice for this type of crochet project. Acrylic, polyester, superwash wool, or blends with these fibers may be chosen as well.
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Materials for Ruffled Mask Mate
Yarn – As stated, choose a durable yarn that can be repeatedly washed. My samples were made with DK weight yarn. Other weights can be used, but keep in mind the finished size will adjust based on your choices. You can reduce the number of sts in the FPdc to shorten if using a heavier yarn or increase that section if using a lighter yarn. The green was made with King Cole Cottontop in Avocado, and the brown with King Cole Cottonsoft in Fudge.
Crochet Hook – G-6 (4.00 mm) for DK yarn. Use the hook size on your yarn label if you use a different weight.
2 Buttons – I used 5/8″ on both of mine, but I believe you could use buttons in varying sizes from 3/8″ – 1″.
Notes for Ruffled Mask Mate
Gauge will be dependent on the yarn and hook you are using and not critical to this project, except length. Using DK yarn and G-6 crochet hook, my green version is 5″ long with 3″ from button center to button center. But, my brown version is 5 1/2″ long with 3 3/8″ from button center to button center using DK yarn and a G-6 crochet hook. As long as your finished band is between 5 – 7″ long, it should work for most average-sized heads and masks.
FPdc: YO, insert hook around post of next st in front, YO, pull loop up, [YO, pull through 2 lps] x2.
When crocheting, I use invisible starting stitches, rather than substituting chains for those stitches, as well as the invisible join to finish my last round. To watch my tutorials on these stitches, go to the Crochet Basics playlist on my YouTube channel. If you would rather use the traditional methods, simply substitute a chain 3 to replace the first double crochet and/or chain 1 before the first single crochet.
Ruffled Mask Mate Free Crochet Pattern
Round 1: 2dc in 3rd ch from hook (that ch2 counts as 1st dc), dc in next 14 chs, 3dc last ch, rotate ch to work on opposite side, 3dc in first ch, FPdc next 14 chs, 3dc last ch, sl st to join with 1st dc (40 sts).
Round 2: 2dc in the same st and each of the next 2 sts, FPdc next 14 sts, 2dc in each of the next 6 sts, FPdc next 14 sts, 2dc in each of the next 3 sts, sl st to join with 1st dc (52 sts).
Round 3: sc in same st, [ch3, sc in next st] x5, sc in next 15 sts, [ch3, sc in next st] x11, sc in next 15 sts, [ch3, sc in next st] x5, ch 3, join to 1st sc using a sl st or invisible join. Cut tail. (52 sc, 22 ch3 sps).
Finishing: Weave in your ends. Using the photos for reference, securely sew a button on each end.
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